New ways to synthesize lead sulfide nanosheets - substituted alkanes direct the growth of 2D nanostructures

29 Jul 2016  ·  Bielewicz Thomas, Klein Eugen, Klinke Christian ·

Two-dimensional colloidal nanosheets represent very attractive optoelectronic materials. They combine good lateral conductivity with solution-processability and geometry-tunable electronic properties... In case of PbS nanosheets, so far the synthesis was driven by the addition of chloroalkanes as coligands. Here, we demonstrate how to synthesize two-dimensional lead sulfide nanostructures using other halogen alkanes and primary amines. Further, we show that at a reaction temperature of 170C a coligand is not even necessary, and the only ligand, oleic acid, controls the anisotropic growth of the two-dimensional structures and using thiourea as sulfide source, nanosheets with lateral dimensions of over 10 microns are possible. read more

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